Bolton Brewers' Pat Warden is caught in a run-down and is put out by Aurora Jays' Ian Rettie during game four of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series on Sunday, Sept. 15. The Jays beat the Brewers 6-3 but trail 3-1 in the series.
(David Anderson photo)
September 16, 2013
The Aurora Jays and Bolton Brewers squared off Sunday in game four of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series with the Jays defeating the Brewers 6-3.
The win by Aurora kept their playoff hopes alive, forcing game five Thursday night in Bolton at 7:30 p.m.
Game four was the first loss by the Bolton squad during the first three rounds of this year's playoffs, having won nine straight games.
In Sunday's contest, Bolton plated their first run in the second inning with a lead-off homerun by Steve Warden and quickly followed with another run scored by Adam Wallace. Aurora scored a lone run in their half of the second when Michael Keon crossed the plate.
During the third inning Aurora managed to score four runs off of starter Mike Blackwood before he was replaced by Trent Barwick who let in one more run to make the score 6-2 for the Jays.
Bolton's Brett Chater scored a final run in the seventh inning in the failing effort, losing the game 6-3.
Ian Rettie pitched for the Jays throwing seven innings and allowed three runs, five hits, three walks, hit two batters, while striking out one.
Bolton's Blackwood took the loss with five runs on four hits, four walks, one hit batsmen and two strikeouts. In relief, Barwick tossed three and one third innings and let in one run on three hits and struck out two Jays at the plate.
Game three of the series was played on Sept. 12 under the lights in Bolton. The Brewers won the game 5-2.
Pitching for Bolton was Mark Horan who over seven innings of work kept the Jays at bay conceding two runs on eight hits and fanned two batters.
A shaky defence didn't help starter Ian Milne who threw a complete game for the Jays. Milne was dinged for five runs over six hits, three walks and struck out two.
The first two games of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship series were played last Sunday with the Bolton Brewers defeating the Aurora Jays 9-8 and 9-5.
Game one of the series was scheduled to be played Saturday, but rain forced the game to Sunday afternoon setting up a double header with game two of the series scheduled the same day.
In the first game, Aurora and Bolton battled through 10 innings of play as the teams were tied after the regular seven innings.
The Jays started the game by scoring three runs in the first and continued to lead plating two more runs in the third and fourth innings. In the fifth frame Bolton tied the match at seven after scoring two runs in the first, second, and third innings and added one more in the fifth. Both teams scored a run in the seventh forcing extra innings.
The Jays and Brewers played solid until a passed ball and single by Bolton plated the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning to win 9-8.
Pitching for the Brewers was Pat Warden who went the distance hurling 10 innings giving up eight runs on 11 hits, nine walks, one hit batter and seven strikeouts.
Brent Owens started for the Jays throwing seven innings giving up eight runs on 16 hits, walked two, hit one batter and struck out two. Ian Rettie pitched the last three innings allowing one run on two hits, one walk while recording one strikeout.
The second game saw Aurora leading after the first inning scoring two runs to Bolton's one, but the Brewers quickly plated three runs in the second and did not relinquish the lead scoring one run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and one more in the seventh.
The Jays scored one run in the third and two more in the sixth losing the contest 9-5.
Taking the loss for Aurora was Nathan Drury who threw five innings allowing eight runs, eight hits, six walks, and one hit batsman, while striking out four Brewers. Zach Wiseman finished the game throwing two complete innings giving up one run on two hits, hit one batter and struck out one.
Bolton's Nathan Robinson earned the win throwing six and two thirds innings before being ejected by the home plate umpire in the bottom of the seventh. Robinson allowed five runs, eight hits, seven walks, two hit batters and three strikeouts. Daryl Bond finished the game getting a fly out for the last out.
The next game of the best of seven series is on Thursday evening at Bolton starting at 7:30. Game four is scheduled for Sunday at Aurora with a 2 p.m. start.
It was a heartbreaker weekend for the New Lowell Knights, Ivy Leafs, and Creemore Braves after losing in the championship games at provincial baseball tournaments.
The Knights lost a close 4-3 game to Exeter at the 'AA' tournament while Ivy was outscored 5-0 by London at the 'A' tournament. Creemore lost 3-0 versus Woodslee in the 'B' tournament final.
The 'AA' tournament hosted in Orillia included Orillia Majors, Aurora Jays, and New Lowell Knights.
Orillia lost their first game to Exeter 10-5 won their second game 3-1 over Welland and followed it up with a win over Merritton 3-2, before losing to New Lowell 7-5 in their semi-final game.
Aurora won their first game 9-3 over Coutright. They lost to New Lowell 4-2 and stayed alive with a win over Port Hope 3-1. The Jays met Exeter in the semi-finals and lost 10-8.
New Lowell started the tournament with wins against Merritton 7-1 and Aurora. Their first lost was at the hands of Exeter 6-1. The Knights picked up another win against Orillia before meeting the undefeated Exeter team in the finals. New Lowell lost the game in a close 4-3 contest.
The Ivy Leafs made it to the championship game in Kendal at the 'A' tournament. The team opened play with a 6-0 win over Welland, which granted the Leafs a bye for the second round. Third round play was a win over London 5-1, but was followed with an 18-1 pounding from Kendal. Ivy defeated Welland 10-2 in their second meeting and played Kendal again, this time winning the contest 8-6 to advance the Leafs to the finals with London. The Leafs went down to defeat 5-0.
Creemore Braves, Clearview Orioles and Barrie Red Sox attended the 'B' tournament.
Clearview was knocked out after losses to Woodslee 5-4 and Welland 9-1.
Barrie lost their first game to Creemore 9-6 before picking up a win against Oakridge (London) 4-0. They received a bye in the third round and faced host Port Lambton in the fourth round, where they suffered their second loss of the tournament 13-3.
Creemore started the tournament with a win against Barrie and Harrow 2-0. The Braves also received a bye in the third round to meet Woodslee for their third game. Creemore lost the contest 3-2. In semi-final action Creemore won their game with Tillsonburg 8-1 to move on to the finals. Creemore faced Woodslee again and were defeated 3-0.
Midland Indians and Bolton Dodgers competed at the 'C' tournament in Wyoming.
In Midland's first two games, they suffered two close losses to Petrolia 4-3 and Mitchell 3-2.
Bolton managed a 7-6 win over Thorold Fantoms in their first game and a 5-3 victory over Thorold Mariners in their second. A bye in the third round advanced the Dodgers to face Kincardine, where Bolton lost their first game 15-4. The Dodgers were eliminated in semi-final action after a tough 4-0 loss to Petrolia.
Kincardine won the championship with a 12-1 win over Petrolia.
Nine North Dufferin Baseball League teams are competing in Baseball Ontario championships Aug. 30 - Sept. 2. Locally, the Orillia Majors are hosting the 'AA' tournament.
August 27, 2013
Senior teams from the North Dufferin Baseball League will attend provincial championships over the Labour Day weekend.
Nine teams will compete at either the AA, A, B, or C tournaments.
Locally, the Orillia Majors are hosting the 'AA' tournament. The Majors also play in the tournament and are joined by Aurora Jays and New Lowell Knights.
The Knights first game is Friday at 2 p.m. against Merritton Alliance. Aurora plays Courtright Cardinals at 5 p.m. and the Majors face Exeter Express at 5 p.m.
The Ivy Leafs are the lone team at the 'A' tournament in Kendal. The team sees action against Welland Chiefs at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Creemore Braves, Barrie Angels and Clearview Orioles travel to Port Lambton for the 'B' tournament. Creemore and Barrie meet on Friday at 3 p.m. for their first game of the tournament. Clearview faces Woodslee at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
The 'C' tournament is in Wyoming with Midland Indians and Bolton Dodgers attending. Midland plays Petrolia Raiders at 3 p.m. Friday, while the Dodgers meet the Thorold Fantoms at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Junior OBA Results
From Aug. 16 - 18, three NDBL junior teams took part in Baseball Ontario's junior championships.
Barrie Red Sox were in Chatham for the 'AA' tournament. The team lost their first game to Georgetown 15-2 but won their second game 7-3 over London. The third game ended with a 7-2 loss to Walker Homesites, which knocked Barrie out of the tournament. Georgetown won the title after defeating Walker Homesites in the final game.
Creemore Braves and Orillia Minors attended the 'A' tournament in Port Lambton. Both teams played extremely well with Orillia making the semi-finals and Creemore the finals.
Orillia defeated Cambridge 5-1 in their opening game and followed it with a win against London 11-2 to receive a bye to the fourth round. In fourth round action Orillia met rival Creemore and won 8-6. Orillia played Stratford in the fifth round and lost 9-2 and met Creemore again in the semis and suffered their second loss by an 7-6 score.
Creemore started the tournament with wins over Wyoming 2-0, Brampton 3-1, and Stratford 11-9 before the team's first loss to Orillia. Creemore met Wyoming again in the fifth round and won the contest 4-3. The Braves defeated Orillia in the semi-final contest and moved on to play Stratford in the championship game, where Creemore lost 10-0.
North Dufferin Baseball League secretary Scott Anderson presents Barrie Red Sox Zach Scragg the Anderson Trophy as junior division champions following Barrie's victory over Orillia 14-3 on Sunday, Aug. 11.
(David Anderson photo)
2013 N.D.B.L. Junior Champions - Barrie Red Sox
Back row, l-r: Gerard Karse (coach), Alex Banski, Joey Armstrong, John Luscombe, John Grootveld, Dave Armstrong (coach). Middle row, l-r: Logan Karse, Nicholas Teasdale, Zach Scragg, Josh Wilkins, Brad Besley. Front row, l-r: Graydon Armstrong, Zach Wilkins. Missing from photo are Connor Cull, Tye Greschuck, Brandon Hurst, Trevor Sharpe, and Cole Tomlinson.
(David Anderson photo)
August 12, 2013
Barrie Red Sox juniors won their second straight North Dufferin Baseball League junior championship on Sunday.
Barrie, along with Orillia Minors and Alliston Athletics played a double knockout tournament over the weekend in Barrie.
During Saturday action Barrie defeated Alliston in a close contest 4-3. The Athletics suffered a loss to Orillia 11-6 in their second game and were eliminated from contention.
Orillia and Barrie met in a match-up Saturday afternoon. The Red Sox scored early and won the game 7-3.
The two teams met again Sunday, where the Orillia squad mercied Barrie 14-3 staving off elimination and forcing a second and deciding game.
The final game resulted in a full turn-a-bout when Barrie mercied Orillia 14-3 to win the championship.
Orillia finished third and Barrie finished first in the regular season. The Red Sox received a bye into the championship with their first place finish, while the Minors faced Stayner Sluggers in the first round of playoffs. Orillia took the series with two wins and a tie. Alliston finished fifth in the regular season and beat Creemore Braves during the first round of play.
Following the game league secretary and junior division convenor Scott Anderson presented Barrie's Zach Scragg the Anderson Trophy as 2013 champions.
Anderson also acknowledged the teams for their play over the season and wished the two teams the best of luck as they attend provincials this weekend.
Orillia and Creemore will attend the 'A' tournament in Port Lambton. Barrie will compete for the 'AA' title in Chatham.
An upcoming weekend of baseball will decide the junior division champions of the North Dufferin League.
Barrie Red Sox, Orillia Minors, and Alliston Athletics, the three remaining junior teams in the playoffs, will play a double-knockout elimination tournament in Barrie on Saturday and Sunday.
A draw conducted earlier in the week has Orillia receiving a bye for the first round and Barrie playing Alliston in the first match at noon Saturday. Orillia will then play back-to-back games with the two teams at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Sunday action begins at 1 p.m. and if necessary a final game will be played at 3:30 p.m.
All games will be played at Barrie's Lennox Park, 319 Big Bay Point Road.
The junior division playoffs began July 24 with Barrie receiving a bye into the finals. Creemore Braves and Alliston met in the one series, with the Athletics winning the best of three series in two games.
The series between Orillia and the Stayner Sluggers started late and went four games to decide a winner. Orillia won two games and with a tie gained the four points to take the series.
Nobleton Cornhuskers catcher Kyle Hall dives to tag Merritton Alliance's Dave Collins at the plate in the third inning of the championship game Monday, Aug. 5.
(David Anderson photo)
Hardware presented to Nobleton
Steve Haak of the Nobleton Cornhuskers accepts the New Lowell Knights Civic Holiday Tournament Trophy from tournament organiser Allan Brownridge.
(David Anderson photo)
Nobleton Cornhuskers - 2013 New Lowell Tournament Champions
Back row, l-r: John Jones, Wayne Boudreau, Johnathon Berriault, Mike Leclef, Luc Boric, Trevor Berriault, Jake Friskney, Glenn Robinson, Steve Scobie, Ross Pyne. Front row, l-r: Eric Mcloughlin, Eric Jones, Steve Haak, Dan Rees, Kyle Hall, Jeff Pyne.
(David Anderson photo)
August 6, 2013
The Nobleton Cornhuskers had a stunning performance at the New Lowell Knights baseball tournament winning the championship 8-5 against Merritton Alliance.
The three-day tournament held on the civic holiday weekend involved 14 teams. Nobleton and Merritton advanced to the championship final while New Lowell and Creemore Braves played in the consolation final that ended in a 10-9 win for the Braves.
In the Creemore-New Lowell game, a preview to a first round playoff match, New Lowell scored a run in each of the first and second inning. Creemore answered back with four runs in their half of the second to take the lead.
New Lowell plated a run in the third frame which was followed by four more runs in the fourth, but the Braves scored four times in the fourth to retake the lead 8-7. In the sixth inning New Lowell added two runs to their total, but Creemore battled to tie the game 9-9 and win the match 10-9 after New Lowell walked in the winning run.
The championship game between Nobleton and Merritton ended with a 8-5 victory for Nobleton. Nobleton scored two runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Merritton answered with two runs of their own in the third to tie the game, but the Cornhuskers swiftly answered in their half of the third, with one run already scored and bases loaded a grand slam homerun by Eric Mcloughlin made the score 7-2.
Merritton added two runs in the fourth and sixth innings while Nobleton added one more in the fifth frame. The Cornshukers held the Alliance in the last inning, with bases loaded and two out a ball hit to the first baseman ended the game.
The tournament win for Nobleton came after a less than promising first season in the North Dufferin League with the team winning five of their 26 games and finished thirteenth out of fourteen teams.
In a post-game presentation the Cornhuksers were presented the championship trophy. Tournament awards were also handed out. The best pitcher award was presented to Kyle Parris from Merritton while teammate Dave Collins received the best batter title. The Most Valuable Player was Nobleton's Mcloughlin.
New Lowell 1 - Clearview 7 Metro Mets 1 - Aurora 6 Welland 12 - Team ING 3 Merritton 17 - Mansfield 0 Niagara Falls 0 - Bolton Dodgers 7 Midland 5 - Creemore 3 Lisle 5 - Nobleton 11
Metro Mets 6 - Team ING 5 Mansfield 7 - Niagara Falls 4 Creemore 6 - Lisle 2 Clearview 1 - Aurora 3 Welland 1 - Merritton 2 Bolton Dodgers 1 - Midland 7 New Lowell 8 - Metro Mets 0 Midland 6 - Nobleton 7
The Bolton Brewers of the North Dufferin Baseball League attended Baseball Ontario's Senior elimination tournament over the weekend in London.
The tournament included 25 teams with the winner advancing to the Baseball Canada Championship.
The Brewers played three games during the tournament and garnered a win and suffered two losses.
The win came in the team's first game with a 2-1 victory over tournament favourite Tecumseth. Bolton scored two runs in the first inning and was able to hold off Tecumseth for the remainder of the game.
The second contest featured the Brewers and East York with Bolton in the lead going into the seventh inning 3-2. East York was able to score four runs and limited the Brewers during their at-bat to defeat the Brewers 6-3.
Bolton played the Thornhill Reds for their third game and scored early with two runs and added another three. Thornhill plated eight runs to win the game 8-5.
"On Friday and Saturday the Brewers were the talk of the tournament for beating Tecumseth and almost defeating East York," said Bolton coach Mike Wallace. "It was a very competitive weekend and it was filled with close ball games that could have gone either way."
According to Wallace, the team was ranked 21st at the start of the tournament and finished tied for 10th place.
"Bolton will look to improve on its top ten ranking next year," added Wallace.
The post-season for eight of the 14 senior teams in the North Dufferin Baseball League will begin August 6.
The first round includes four match-ups playing a best of five series.
First place Bolton Brewers will face eighth place Ivy Leafs while the Orillia Majors, who finished second, will play seventh place Midland Indians. The third series features the Aurora Jays, who finished in third, and the Clearview Orioles, who finished in sixth. The fourth and fifth place teams, Creemore Braves and New Lowell Knights, will meet in the fourth series.
Games get underway August 6 and will be finished by August 16. The second round begins August 17.
Over in the junior division, playoffs are well underway with the series between Creemore Braves and Alliston Athletics wrapped up. The Athletics took the first two games in the best of three series 8-7 and 4-1.
The series between the Orillia Minors and Stayner Sluggers began July 30 with Orillia winning the contest 5-1. The second game on August 1 ended in a 4-4 tie. Game three is to be played tonight (August 2).
Playoff schedules and scores can be found at www.ndbl.ca
The Civic holiday weekend will be bustling in New Lowell when the Knights host their annual baseball tournament.
The Knights recently released their 2013 tournament schedule which includes 14-teams. Nine of those teams are from the North Dufferin League. They include host New Lowell, Clearview, Aurora, Mansfield, Bolton Dodgers, Midland, Creemore, Lisle, and Nobleton.
Five teams are from outside the area and are Metro Mets, Welland, Team ING, Merriton, and Niagara Falls.
Three ball diamonds will be in use over the three-day event including New Lowell, Creemore, and Lisle.
Play begins Saturday at 9 a.m. in New Lowell with a full slate of games. The Creemore diamond will host two games Saturday at 10:30 and 12:30.
On Sunday games resume at 9 a.m. at New Lowell and Lisle parks. On Monday four games will be played at New Lowell. The consolation game will start at 1:15 p.m. with the championship game to follow at 3:30 p.m.
Junior teams in the North Dufferin Baseball League are set to begin playoffs this week.
Five of the six junior teams have advanced to the post-season. The Barrie Red Sox will receive a bye for the first round. Creemore Braves and Alliston Athletics will meet in one series while Orillia Minors and Stayner Sluggers will meet in the other.
The Innisfil Cardinals forfeited a second game at the end of the season and were suspended from league play and will not compete in playoffs.
Creemore and Alliston will begin their best of three series on Thursday, when Creemore is in Alliston for 6 p.m. The second game will be played in Creemore on Sunday at 5 p.m.
No schedule has been announced for the Orillia-Stayner series.
The senior division will conclude the regular season next week with their playoffs starting after the Civic holiday weekend.
East All-Star Stephen Vallee hits a single during the first inning of the North Dufferin Baseball League Senior All-Star Game, Sunday, July 7. Shortly after Vallee's hit heavy rains forced a delay and eventual cancellation of the senior and junior games.
(David Anderson photo)
July 8, 2013
Rainy weather put an early end to the North Dufferin Baseball League's senior and junior All-Star Games Sunday. The two game affair was halted due to torrential rain and wet field conditions in Mansfield.
The senior game at 1 p.m. started on time, but after one and two-thirds of the first inning the game was suspended due to a heavy downpour. League officials decided to cancel the game after about an hour delay.
While the seniors got soaked, officials were hoping to play the junior game scheduled at 4 p.m. After a lengthy discussion and work on the ball diamond, the contest was also called off as the rain continued to fall.
League president Rob Wilson and secretary Scott Anderson were disappointed with the cancelled games.
"It's unfortunate," Wilson said, "but the league may consider rescheduling the games to a later date."
"This is the first All-Star Game rained out in recent memory," added Anderson. "It's disappointing."
The 2013 Senior and Junior All-Star Games will take place on Sunday, July 7 at Mansfield.
July 2, 2013
The heritage park of Mansfield will see the best players of the North Dufferin Baseball League perform during the annual All-Star Games on Sunday, July 7.
Almost four decades have passed since the Mansfield Cubs hosted this annual event, the last in 1975.
The day features two games between the senior division and junior division of the league. The senior all-stars will take to the field at 1 p.m. in the classic East division versus West division format.
Players selected for the East division include: Chris Fafalios, Chris Rettie, and Stephen Vallee from Aurora, Mac Sealy and Kevin Whittle from Barrie, Shawn Chalmers, Nick Hodgson, Mark Horan, and Pat Warden representing Bolton Brewers, Jon Bloomfield and Michael Gemmiti of Bolton Dodgers, Chris Arthurs, Cale McLean, and Jason Seeler from Midland, Eric Jones and Jeff Pyne from Nobleton, Ryan Hutchinson, J.D. McGivern, Jeff Shilling, and Chad Watters of Orillia. Managing will be Bolton Brewers Paul Cararelli, coaches Carl Heath of Orillia and Michael Keon from Aurora.
West division representatives are: Kevin Khan and Kyle Warren from Angus, Trsitan Cabral, Corey Ramirez, and Andrew White of Clearview, Jeff Akitt, Tom Gateman, and Chris Greer of Creemore, Mike Kazienko, Dave Reid, Phil Tan, and David White from Ivy, Kris Allary and Shane Walker representing Lisle, Lance Bryan, Tyler Linger, and Brad Pendleton from Mansfield, Allan Brownridge, Brandon Norrie, and Sean Thompson of New Lowell. New Lowell's Jesse McIntyre will manage the team with coaches Rob Perkins of Creemore and Ken Winch of Clearview.
The junior division will play their game at 4 p.m. and features two teams made up of a combination of players from the six team junior loop, pitting teammate against teammate.
Selected for team "Dingers" are: Jon Cholak, Mac Sealy, and Dave Blanch from Alliston, Logan Karse, John Luscombe, and Cole Tomlinson from Barrie, Jamie Gillespie, Jamie Hanna, and Kevin Minard from Creemore, Paul Bishop, Jordan Meunier, and Michael Walley of Innisfil, Nick Boyd, Cody Ploughman, and Scott Seymour from Orillia, Brett Jones, Cody O'donnell, Tanner Zeggil from Stayner. Team manager is Dave Armstrong while Andy Van der Heyden of Creemore and Gord Zeggil of Stayner will coach.
Team "Giants" will include: Damien Allison, Geoff Campbell, and Adrian Reid from Alliston, Joey Armstrong, Brandon Hurst, and Zach Scragg from Barrie, Kurt Roy, Adam Van der Heyden, Brandon Watson of Creemore, Alex Daniels, Dan Morningstar, and Logan Wall from Innisfil, Eddie Cruise, Nathan Dix, and Aaron White of Orillia, Lucas Day, Liam Gray, and Cole Quinlan from Stayner. Managing will be Richard Boyd from Orillia, coaches Andrew McLean of Innisfil and Colin Iddison of Alliston.
Located on site will be a licensed beer garden and food concession.
Back Row, L-R: Jesse Metherall, Sean Thompson, Jesse McIntyre, Todd Patton, Allan Brownridge. Front Row, L-R: Brandon Norrie, Steve Baldry, Andrew Willmetts, Cody Pifer, Trevor Martin.
(David Anderson photo)
June 24, 2013
The Midland Indians hosted their annual tournament over the weekend (June 21-23). Seven North Dufferin teams participated through the stifling heat and sunny weather.
The consolation final featured the Barrie Angels and Bolton Brewers. The Brewers got on the scoreboard early and never relinquished the lead, scoring five runs. The Angels were unable to score.
New Lowell Knights and Lisle Astros met in the championship final. The contest was a close affair until the Knights scored three runs in the sixth inning. The Astros in the seventh, with bases loaded, failed to score when a double play ended the game. Final score was 3-0 for New Lowell.
Gord Dyment field in Midland will be the place to be this weekend, as the Midland Indians host their weekend tournament. Games begin tonight and run through until Sunday afternoon.
Seven North Dufferin teams have entered including Midland Indians, Barrie Angels, Lisle Astros, New Lowell Knights, Bolton Dodgers, Bolton Brewers, and Creemore Braves.
The tournament format consists of a round robin style play for three teams, Midland, Barrie, and Lisle, and a four-team playoff bracket with Bolton Brewers, New Lowell, Bolton Dodgers, and Creemore.
G1- Friday 7pm Midland vs Barrie game1 Round Robin G2- Sat. 9am Midland vs Lisle game2 Round Robin G3- Sat. 11am Bolton Brewers vs New Lowell G4- Sat.1:30pm Bolton Dodgers vs Creemore G5- Sat 3:30pm Lisle vs Barrie game3 Round Robin G6- Sat.5:45pm Loser G3 vs Loser G4 G7- Sun.9:30am Winner G3 vs Winner G4
G8- Sun.11:45am Consolation Final 2nd place Round Robin vs Winner G6
G9- Sun.2:15pm Championship Final 1st place Round Robin vs Winner G7
The Mansfield Cubs honoured former player Les Pendleton during a pre-game presentation on June 9. The team presented Les his jersey framed with a photo and small plaque. Taking part in the presentation were from left, Brad Pendleton, Les, Jesse Ragazzon, and Emerson Pendleton.
(David Anderson photo)
June 12, 2013
This past weekend saw two celebrations of baseball in Orillia and Mansfield. The Orillia Majors held their annual Family Day event Saturday while Mansfield Minor Baseball held a Weekend of Baseball in Mansfield, which featured a senior game on Sunday.
The Barrie Angels were in Orillia for the second straight year for the Family Day Game. Orillia won the contest 9-4.
The teams traded runs in the first inning with Orillia adding another six in the second frame. Barrie scored two in the fourth.
Kevin Whittle was on the mound for the Angels while Majors starter Nick Boyd had to leave the game in the fourth inning after being struck in the leg by a hit ball. Adam Wallace finished the game on the mound.
Following the senior game, the Orillia Minors juniors played host to Barrie Red Sox juniors. The game was a pitchers' duel with the Minors winning the contest 3-0.
Les Pendleton Honoured
The Creemore Braves were in Mansfiled to meet the Cubs Sunday afternoon. Creemore recorded a 4-0 win over Mansfield.
In a pre-game presentation, former longtime Mansfield player Les Pendleton was honoured for his years of dedication to the team. Les started with the Cubs in 1979 and played with the team until 2012, excluding the years Mansfield was absent from the league. He won one league championship in 1994.
Pendleton was the backbone and shared coaching duties when the team resumed play in 2000 after a 6-year absence.
Nephew Emerson Pendleton spoke about Les Pendleton's commitment to the team and along with his other nephew Brad Pendleton and current coach Jesse Ragazzon presented his jersey framed with a photo and small plaque.
Les Pendleton thanked the team for the gift and noted his thanks to his family for allowing him to play for all those years. He also noted there are many other such deserving and longtime players throughout the league.
During the game, Creemore got on the board with a run in the third inning followed by another in the fourth and two in the seventh frame.
Mansfield was limited by Braves starter Matt Baldry and later Brad Greiveson. Ty Linger pitched a complete game for Mansfield taking the loss.
The Lisle Astros hosted their annual Victoria Day tournament over the weekend. The three-day event included ten teams.
Bolton Brewers claimed the championship after an 11-2 mercy win over the Orillia Majors.
Bolton scored early in the game with three runs in both the first and second innings. They added four more in the fourth and added a single run in the fifth frame. Orillia mustered their two runs in the third inning.
On the mound, Brewers' Trent Barwick pitched the five innings of play while the Majors' starting pitcher Nathan Dix was pulled after the first inning. Orillia used another five pitchers, but was unable to limit the Brewers.
The New Lowell Knights won the consolation side with a 9-3 win over Clearview Orioles.
The Lisle Astros will hold their annual Victoria Day Weekend Tournament this weekend (May 18-20).
Ten teams will take part over the three-day tournament. Host Lisle will be joined by New Lowell Knights, Creemore Braves, Bolton Brewers, Angus Black Sox, Midland Indians, Ivy Leafs, Clearview Orioles, Orillia Majors, and Bolton Dodgers.
Saturday's line-up includes New Lowell and Creemore at 9 a.m., Bolton Brewers versus Lisle at 11 a.m., followed by Angus and Midland at 1 p.m. Ivy and Clearview will play at 3 p.m. with Orillia and Bolton Dodgers ending the day with a 5 p.m. game.
Sunday action will have four games with another four games on Monday including the consolation game scheduled for 1 p.m. and the championship game at 3:30 p.m.
A licensed beer garden and food booth will be on the grounds.
The local baseball scene will soon be in full swing as the North Dufferin Baseball League season starts Friday.
Orillia and Innisfil lead off the junior division Friday night. Creemore travels to Orillia and Innisfil plays Barrie on Sunday.
The senior division starts Saturday when Clearview heads to Nobleton, Bolton Brewers at Creemore and New Lowell plays Midland. Sunday play has Ivy at Creemore, Aurora at New Lowell, Mansfield at Barrie, Midland at Lisle, and Bolton Dodgers at Angus.
Recent withdrawal of both Midland Twins and New Lowell Knights from the junior division has reduced the juniors to six teams. The remaining teams will play a 20-game schedule.
The senior division will play 26 games, with the regular season running to the end of July.
Schedules for the junior and senior divisions are online at www.ndbl.ca.
The New Lowell Knights junior team have informed the league executive they will withdraw from the 2013 season due to lack of player commitment.
As the junior schedule has already been released, the executive has decided to void all New Lowell games. As a result, the junior division will now play a 20-game schedule rather than a 24-game schedule.
Dan Gowan (right) was presented a President's Award from president Mike Wallace during the North Dufferin Baseball League awards ceremony on March 10. The award recognizes Gowan's long and faithful service to the league.
(David Anderson photo)
March 11, 2013
A North Dufferin Baseball League awards ceremony was held in Lisle on Sunday, March 10. The event recognized team and player achievements for the 2012 season.
In the junior division, Logan Karse of Barrie won four awards including best batter, best on base percentage, most runs scored and most valuable player. Midland's Mike Kazienko was named most sportsmanlike player while teammate Eddie Cruise and Creemore's Dyer Boyne tied for the most homeruns. Nick Boyd of Orillia was the top pitcher.
The senior division winners included Midland's Jason Seeler as best batter, Michael Gemmiti of Bolton Dodgers with the best on base percentage, and Donovon Winch of Clearview with the most runs scored. Best pitcher was Creemore's Brad Grieveson with teammate Todd Gowan named most valuable player and home run champ. The most sportsmanlike player was Aurora's Rob Wilson while Todd Patton of New Lowell was named best catcher. Patton also won the inaugural presentation of the Bud Anderson Memorial Award for senior division coach of the year.
The Aurora Jays and Creemore Braves juniors were acknowledged for their Ontario championships in the Senior 'A' and Junior 'C' playoffs respectively.
Dan Gowan of Creemore was honoured with a President's Award during the ceremony. The award recognizes outstanding service to baseball in the area and to the league. He has been an active player for over 30 years with Creemore teams and has served as league treasurer for 28 consecutive years.
Gowan was the seventh person to receive the award since it was created in 1984. Past recipients include Roy Tipling (1984), Bob Doner (1985), Bud Anderson (1987), Bob Patton (1988), Tom Anderson (2008), and Paul Carruthers (2009).
Following the awards, the league held its annual general meeting with some notable changes for the upcoming season.
The junior division has expanded to eight teams with the addition of Stayner and Alliston. The Richmond Hill juniors opted not to return this year.
The senior division will include 14 teams with the loss of the Orangeville team but gained a new team from Nobleton.
The 2013 executive and officers include president Rob Wilson, vice president Sean Hayward, past president Mike Wallace, secretary Scott Anderson, treasurer Dan Gowan, Statistician Peter Kinghan, and York-Simcoe representative Vance White.
The league will meet April 3 to approve the schedule with opening day on May 4.
The Annual General Meeting of the North Dufferin Baseball League will take place on Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m. at the Lisle Royal Canadian Legion.
Any teams interested in joining the league for the 2013 season should contact secretary Scott Anderson at 705-424-0769 or by email at email@example.com. Further information is also available at www.ndbl.ca. The league operates both a senior and junior division.
Prior to the meeting, the league will hold an awards event at the Legion to present 2012 season awards. A lunch and awards presentation will get underway at 12 Noon and is open to players and fans.
The North Dufferin Baseball League will host an awards presentation and lunch on Sunday, March 10 to hand out the 2012 regular season awards. A ceremony will be held at the Lisle Royal Canadian Legion. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and awards at 12 Noon sharp.
The Annual General Meeting for the 2013 season will follow the awards ceremony at about 1 p.m. at the Legion.
Award recipients will be announced on February 11, 2013. Award winners are encouraged to attend to accept their awards and the lunch is open to all players and fans at no cost. Lunch is to include pasta and salad.
The 2012 Stats Report will also be released at the awards presentation.